Health

Health & Hygiene (Child & Adolescent)

The Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation of Health & Hygiene is a process of evaluation of health, nutritional intake and hygiene habits of child and adolescent developed by Centre for Education and Health Research Organization. In a country of largest child population nearly nine million children die every year from preventable diseases and infections.

  
On National Level, we found following problem which are contributing to the above situation:
 
1. Prevention is not being done effectively that can enhance the healthcare and reduce the cost of the individual and of the government on healthcare substantially. Bad awareness and prevention campaigns also lead to overcrowded government hospitals and hence reducing the quality of healthcare further.
 
2. Children from low-income families are worst affected - lack of information and knowledge of their parents lead them to make wrong decisions about the healthcare - local hospitals/doctors are ill-equipped to treat children - focus on the treatment of the current disease or sometimes symptoms is much more than making the child healthy. There is also a trust issue, people generally believe private hospitals are better than government ones.
 
3. There is no system to detect early problems faced by the children in the country where world’s largest child population resides- no data to inform policies and local interventions for awareness, prevention and treatment (physical and mental)
 
On a national level, We want to use and understand the usability of public spaces instead of hospitals to drive change around health; the public spaces maybe schools, anganwadis, community gatherings, community-based local NGOs such as CEHRO. Basically, we want to prevent people from going to the hospital and also making them know when they really need to visit a hospital before the situation gets worst.

These changes that we are talking about possibly could be brought by 3 methods:

  1. Awareness - Using public spaces and gatherings to build conversations around health
  2. Empowering - Empowering unqualified local people and parents with basic tools to judge their child’s health, know what to do and act effectively. This could be done by organising multiple training sessions giving parents tools and supporting them later on
  3. Data - Providing data for policy interventions, local level interventions or individual level interventions

On Munirka Level, We’ve made significant progress in the data collection, we have developed continuous comprehensive evaluation of health hygiene of child and adolescent.
We collect their data on daily basis. Datasheet includes questions related to eating habit and sanitation- like did they brush or not, breakfast/lunch they had, did the take a bath, washed hands These data is presented to parents as evidence and are encouraged to make certain changes
 
To add nutrition, we provide healthy refreshments like fruits, biscuits, bread and milk.

In this system, children do daily self evaluation of the following parameters:
  1. Hygeine habits
  2. Protien, Fruits, Vegetables and fastfood consumption
  3. Timeliness

Secondly, Regular medical check-ups are arranged in the community and in some cases we take them to the medical centres. It includes eye check-up, dental check-up and general health check-ups. we organize two health check up camps that focuses on:
  1. Hieght, Weight, Age and BMI relationships
  2. Hygiene indicators
  3. Nutritional Indicators
  4. Detecting any present or potential diseases